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John D. Barrow: 100 Years of Universes (In Memoriam Wolfgang Rindler)
26. Jul 2019 18:30 - 19:30

Universität Wien
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Join us at the Wolfgang Rindler in Memoriam Public Lecture which is part of the International Conference “Kurt Gödel’s Legacy. Does the Future lie in the Past?”

John D. Barrow in his talk titled 100 Years of Universes embarks on a journey which will lead us through the islands of some of the pertinent questions of modern physics, cosmology, and mathematics. He will tell the story of all the different possible universes that were found to be solutions of Einstein’s equations: static and expanding universes, contracting universe, oscillating universes, accelerating universes, chaotic and distorted universes — all make their appearance together with the unexpected spinning, universe with time-travellers found first by Kurt Gödel.

Will we ever discover a single scientific theory that tells us everything that has happened, and everything that will happen, on every level in the Universe? What might such a theory look like? What would it mean? And how close are we to getting there?

This lecture is in memory of Wolfgang Rindler, an Austrian physicist specializing in relativity and its effects on cosmology, who died in February 2019. Key ideas introduced by Wolfgang Rindler play a pivotal role in our understanding of how the present structure of the universe came to be, and they determine what its extraordinary fate appears to be in the far distant future.

-The lecture will be held in English
-After the lecture, you are welcome to take part in an informal reception.
-Admission FREE ticket on the event website.

Two events that have had a strong influence on the world of science are celebrating an anniversary this year: the decisive review of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity is 100 years old. Furthermore, 70 years ago Kurt Gödel proved that the theory of relativity is compatible with closed time lines. This Gödel’s rotating universe shows how time travel is at least mathematically imaginable. On this occasion, the Kurt Gödel Society is organizing the international conference “Kurt Gödel´s Legacy: Does Future Lie in The Past?” at the University of Vienna from July 25 to 27, 2019.

The conference is supported by the University of Vienna, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the research platform TURIS, the Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms at the TU Wien, the Department Vienna Circle at University of Vienna and the Vienna Circle Society.


Technische Universität Wien
Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien

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